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At Chowan, we are looking for students, like you, who are interested in pursuing God's call on their lives, while devoting themselves to the academic study of religion.
The Department of Religion and Philosophy offers many advantages including:
Ralph J Brabban II
"Chowan's a great place for me to teach. It is important to me to be somewhere that gives students a chance to succeed. I feel like I can really make a difference here."
Ralph J Brabban II received his Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University. He received his Masters of Divinity and his Master of Theology in Old Testament from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received his Ph.D. degree in Biblical Studies from Baylor University. Ralph J Brabban II came to work at Chowan University in 2000.
Courses Taught, Chowan University:
- Understanding the Bible: Texts and Contexts
- History, Literature, and Religion of the Hebrew Bible (I)
- History, Literature, and Religion of the Hebrew Bible (II)
- History, Literature, and Religion of the New Testament (I)
- History, Literature, and Religion of the New Testament (II)
- Jesus of Nazareth: Jesus at the Movies
- Jesus of Nazareth: Parable, Narrative, and Social Discourse
- Hebrew Prophets and the Contemporary World
- The Intertestamental Period
- Social World of Early Christianity
- Christian Documents
- Introduction to Biblical Languages
- Theology, Life Stories, and Religion
- Spirituality and Ethics in the World Religions
- Heroines, Harlots, Housewives, and Other Images of Women in the Biblical
- Travel Study: Turkey and Greece
- Travel Study: Israel and Egypt
- Travel Study: Italy
- Internship (Supervising Professor)
- Religion Capstone Seminar
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Introduction to Ethics
- The Ancient World
- Freshman Seminar
Review of The Kings and Their Gods: The Pathology of Power by Daniel Berrigan in Journal of Church and State 2009; doi: 10.1093/jcs/csp013.
“Exegesis: Jeremiah 18:1-11” and “Exegesis: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1” in Lectionary Homiletics, September 2004.
“Alienation, Sex, and an Unsatisfactory Ending: Themes and Features in Stories Old and New” in Screening Scriptures, Trinity Press International, 2002.
Editor and lead articles for OPUS: A Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies, vols. 1 2.
"The Relationship of Mathematics to Other Fields of Study: An Interdisciplinary Look at Mathematics and Civilization," with Piotr Blass, Opus, vol. 1, 1990 91
"The Ark of the Covenant and the Bible: Holy Objects and the Divine" in SBC Today
"A Response to 'The Interrelatedness of Languages' by John Joseph Owens," Opus, vol. 2, 1991-92
"The Use of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in the Writings of the Apostolic Fathers."
"A Study of the Proper Noun SÃTÃN in the Old Testament."
Public and Guest Lectures:
“Philipp Melanchthon” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club 7/21/11)
“When is a Revolution not a Revolution? The Curious Case of I Kings 12:1-20” (Chowan University Interdisciplinary Symposium 4/19/11)
“When Is Easter?” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club 3/24/11)
“Halloween” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club 10/28/10)
“Some Thoughts on the Significance of the Land of Israel: The Influence of Location on Ideology” (Chowan University Interdisciplinary Symposium 4/19/10)
“Jamaica Medical Mission Trip” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club 1/21/10)
“Istanbul” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club 6/18/09)
“Athletic Imagery in Paul and the Pauline Tradition: A Possible Tie to the Pan-Hellenic Games” (Chowan University Interdisciplinary Symposium 4/20/09)
“Jamaica Medical Mission Trip” (Riverside Baptist Church 12/3/08)
“Chowan Study Abroad: Israel and Egypt” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club 7/17/08)
“Some Theological Underpinnings Opposing Environmentalism” (Chowan University Interdisciplinary Symposium 4/21/08)
“Intermediate Islam” (Ahoskie Rotary Club)
“Camels” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club)
“Romans” (JBS church workers preparation)
“Biblical Texts Used to Justify Race-Based Slavery in the American Old South” (Chowan University)
Interdisciplinary Symposium 4/23/07)
“Italy” (Buckhorn Baptist Men)
“The Holy Land” (Buckhorn Baptist Men)
“Decisive Wars; Decisive Battles” (Chowan University Interdisciplinary Symposium 4/24/06)
“Romans” (JBS preparation for NC Directors of Missions 7/9-11/07)
“Johannine Epistles” (JBS for Buckhorn Baptist Church)
“Johannine Epistles” (JBS church workers preparation)
“Nehemiah” (JBS for Buckhorn Baptist Church)
“Nehemiah” (JBS church workers preparation)
“Elephantine” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club)
“Types of Marxism: Never the Twain Shall Meet” (Chowan College Interdisciplinary Symposium 4/25/05)
“The Date of Jesus’ Birth” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club)
“The Olympics” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club)
“Marxism” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club)
“Mark” (JBS for Buckhorn Baptist Church)
“Mark” (JBS for five churches in Roanoke Rapids, NC)
“Mark” (JBS church workers preparation)
“1 Corinthians” (JBS church workers preparation)
“Dead Sea Scrolls” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club)
“Daoism” (Murfreesboro Rotary Club)
“Genesis 1-12” (JBS church workers preparation)
“Distinctive Issues in Baptist Higher Education” (NC Council on Christian Higher Education: Admissions and Financial Aid Directors)
“Islam” (Ahoskie Rotary Club)
“Islam” (Murfreesboro Methodist Men)
“The Baptist State Convention of NC and its Relationship to its Colleges and Universities” (NC Baptist Professors of Religion panel member)
"The Role of Women in the Ancient Near East"
"The Hebrew/Jewish Background Relevant to the Teachings of Paul"
"Malachi and the Concept of Covenantal Love"
"Creation Accounts in the Old Testament"
"Aristotelian and Neo Platonic Thought in Thomas Aquinas"
"Psalm 22 and the Cross: Individual Laments and Subsequent Use"
"Where Does Evil Come From?"
"Greek and Hebrew Music: the Background to Modern Western Music"
"Secular and Sacred Music in the Early Middle Ages"
"Interdisciplinary Studies in the Secondary School Curriculum"
"Prophets and Prophecy in Ancient Israel"
"Why is There Anti-Semitism?"
"Albert Einstein and his Theory of World Government: Some Underpinnings from his Jewish Background"
"Some Word Pictures in the Book of Amos"
"The Middle East: A Fragile Peace" (Harbour's Edge Lecture Series)
"The Changing Pace of British Life: Reflections on Recent Studies Abroad" (Harbour's Edge Lecture Series)
"World Religions and Inter-Cultural Communication"
“The Intertestamental Period” (5-week series at Lost Tree Village, 1997)
“’What Do You Call a Boomerang That Won’t Come Back?’ ‘To Get To the Other Side.’ The Reinvestment of the Book of Ruth and the Subsequent Effect on an Etymological Etiology” (Theta Alpha Sigma, 1997)
“The Apocrypha” (Lost Tree Village, February 3-March 3, 1997)
“Introduction to the Old Testament: Genesis” (Lost Tree Village, January 12-February 9, 1998)
“Apocalypticism” (Lost Tree Village, February 16-March 16, 1998)
“World Religions” (3-week series at Universalist-Unitarian Church lecture series, April 1999)
“Freedom of Religion in America” (Universalist-Unitarian Church, July 4, 1999)
“Walls and Bridges” (Keynote address for the Fellowship of Christians and Jews, November 19, 1999)
Keith A. Reich
“Chowan is the type of place that values students and really seeks to help them succeed. I love that I get the chance not only to teach the wonderful story of Christianity, but that I also have the time and the encouragement to help students find their own place in that story.”
Publications & Presentations:
Figuring Jesus: The Power of Rhetorical Figures of Speech in the Gospel of Luke. Biblical Interpretation Series 107, Leiden: Brill, 2011.
"Figuring Jesus: The Characterization of Jesus Through Rhetorical Figures of Speech: The Sermon on the Plain, A Test Case,” SBL National Conference, November 24, 2008.
"The Humbling of the Implied Reader: A Literary Reading of Mark 16:8,” Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, March 16, 2008.
Review of Biblical Literature, September 25, 2010
Book review of Corin Mihaila, The Paul-Apollos Relationship and Paul’s Stance toward Greco-Roman Rhetoric: An Exegetical and Socio-historical Study of 1 Corinthians 1-4, New York: T&T Clark, 2009.
Paul R. Gilliam III (Trey)
“I am thrilled to join the Chowan University religious studies department. I am looking forward to passing on my enthusiasm for religious studies and especially early church history to Chowan students both in the classroom and in the cafeteria!”
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion 2009 Dissertation Scholarship
Publications & Presentations:
"William Whiston: Was He or Wasn't He?" Baptist History and Heritage 47, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 19-33.
"The Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John: Complementary Christological Compositions," Thinking About Religion 6, (2006).
(The online peer-reviewed journal of the North Carolina Religious Studies Association - Click here)
Darrell L. Brock, Acts, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007) in The Expository Times 120, no.4 (January 2009).
Francis J. Moloney, Mark: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist (Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2004) in Review and Expositor 104, no. 2 (Spring 2007).
"What on Earth is Religious Studies?" Chowan University Salon Lecture Series, April 12, 2013.
“Bully Bishops, the New Testament, and Eusebius of Caesarea: A Gentle Corrective to Popular Culture," Chowan University Academic Forum, April 16, 2012.
"William Whiston and Ignatius of Antioch: Scholarly Recognition," North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, May 23, 2009.
“Baptists and the Patristic Era: The Arian and Southern Baptist Controversies,” Scottish Baptist Theological Society, April 2, 2009.
"The Arian Controversy and the ‘Authentic’ Letters of Ignatius of Antioch," Scottish Universities Staff/Student Church History Conference, February 16, 2008.
"Translating Galatians 4:4 in Light of Paul’s Christology," North Carolina Religious Studies Association Annual Meeting, October 6, 2006.
"Nicaea’s Legacy, Johannine Christology, and Modern Scholarship: Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Origen Speak," Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, July 3, 2006.
Jill Azumah Awuni
“I love teaching at this diverse campus. I enjoy challenging my students to explore contemporary ways to understanding and interpreting the Bible in their world. I love teaching at Chowan University because I am able to mentor students one-on-one and inspire them to do greater things than they ever dreamed of."
Jill Awuni received her Bachelors of Theology in Missions from International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic. She earned both her Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling/Studies and her Masters of Business Administration in Business Law and Ethics from Gardner-Webb University. Jill Awuni came to work with Chowan in 2005.
- Understanding the Bible
- Critical Thinking 101
- Critical Thinking through the Song of Songs
- Business Communications
- Freshman Seminar
- Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year Award, 2011
- Club Advisor of the Year Award, 2011
- Club Advisor of the Year Award, 2010
- Club Advisor of the Year Award, 2009
- Outstanding Service to Decker Resident Hall, Gardner-Webb University, 2003
- Resident Director of the Year, Gardner-Webb University, 2003-2004
- Bronze Bulldog Award, Gardner-Webb University, 2003 -2004
John Samuel Pond, Jr.
“A favorite French philosopher once stated that “We are all translators” and “Every translation is a transformation.” I love the mission and ministry of Chowan University that values its students as individual translators who are given the exciting opportunity to be transformed by its diverse and contemporary program and Christian framework. It is a privilege and delight to be a fellow pilgrim and translator in this shared adventure of higher learning and spiritual development."
Sunday School Lessons Writer, Winter 2002- 2011 (Sept.-Nov.; Dec.-Feb.), Biblical Recorder
Sunday School Writer, Smyth & Helwys, “Teachings of Jesus,” Spring, 2005
Congregational Coach, Pursuing Vital Ministry, BSCNC, 2003-2009
Church Development Advisor/ Director of Theological Education, Rwanda, Burundi, and Kenya, Foreign Mission Board of SBC, Richmond, VA, 1986-1994
Team Leader for Mission Projects, to Quebec, Panama, Brazil, China, Pennsylvania, Virginia, & Mississippi. Lead in formation of Partnerships with two groups in Quebec, Canada, with my wife, Sharon, Baptists Women’s ministries in Jamaica and with Baptists in Parana & Santa Catarina, Brazil
|B. Franklin Lowe, Jr.
Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Frank Lowe received his B.A. degree from Furman University. He received his Masters degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received his Ph.D. degree from Emory University. Frank Lowe came to work at Chowan University in 1964.